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OHMSS 50: Exclusive John Glen interview (2019)

During this summer's unofficial OHMSS 50 celebration for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" at Piz Gloria, James Bond•O•Rama.dk had the pleasure of meeting long-time EON associate John Glen.

The 87-year-old Englishman edited "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and directed the second unit on location in Switzerland back in 1968-69. John Glen later performed the same duties on "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) and "Moonraker" (1979) before graduating to director on every EON-produced Bond film during the 80's: "For Your Eyes Only" (1981), "Octopussy" (1983), "A View to a Kill" (1985), "The Living Daylights" (1987) and "Licence to Kill" (1989).

In this exclusive chat with Bond•O•Rama.dk John Glen discusses some of his favourite Bond locations as well as the editing techniques of "OHMSS" and other tricks of the trade.

● "OHMSS 50": Pictures from Piz Gloria
● "OHMSS 50": Pictures from Mürren, Lauterbrunnen and Bern

John Glen being interviewed at Piz Gloria on June 1, 2019. Photo credit: Schilthorn Canbleway

John Glen, what would you name as your favourite Bond location?
I think Piz Gloria [would be at number one]. The Bernese Oberland is probably one of the best locations we've ever had. It's such a vast scene, it's very James Bond in its aspects. [The Bond connection] is the history of this place, isn't it.
I believe Piz Gloria and Schilthornbahn is the only Bond film location ever to write in their contract that they had unlimited means of promoting it as an official Bond location. And apparently EON Productions are not very happy about that.
It's indirectly free publicity, it's still 007, isn't it. And that's the important thing. It's an amazing franchise. Everyone says, how long can it go on for. I remember Lewis Gilbert saying to me that he thought it would probably come to an end after "Moonraker", "maybe that's the end of the series". It cost a lot of money, "Moonraker". Subsequently, of course, all of these new markest have opened up.

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“Tomorrow Never Dies”: I biffen – 007 Special (TvDanmark 1997)

To mark the Danish theatrical release of "Tomorrow Never Dies" in December 1997, TvDanmark produced this 007 special as part of their regular "I biffen" show  ["At the movies"]. The special features interview segments with Danish actress Cecilie Thomsen (professor Inga Bergström) and actor Desmond Llewelyn ('Q').

The show also includes footage from the Copenhagen gala premiere of "Tomorrow Never Dies" at the Imperial cinema, as well as interview segments with Michelle Yeoh and Pierce Brosnan, both seemingly sourced from an EPK press kit.

Apologies for the inferior image and sound quality (the material was sourced from a second generation VHS copy).

Interview segments are in English (Llewelyn, Yeoh, Brosnan) and Danish (Thomsen).

More rare videos at James Bond•O•Rama's Vimeo page

Léa Seydoux & Michael G. Wilson at the Danish SPECTRE gala premiere (video interview, 2015)

On 27 October 2015, James Bond•O•Rama.dk attended the Danish gala premiere of "SPECTRE" at the Imperial cinema in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Actress Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann) and veteran James Bond producer Michael G. Wilson were in town for the red carpet event (which was actually blue) and graciously made themselves available for this special video interview.



Host: Brian "Brie" Iskov.
Segment produced by Casper Christensen. A Filmnørdens Hjørne and James Bond•O•Rama.dk co-production.

• Watch the video in HD quality at James Bond•O•Rama.dk's Vimeo-page